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Be Fearlessly Authentic- Celebrating Where You’re At

Rosy Vegan Travel

One of the quotes on my vision board reads:

 

‘Be fearlessly authentic’

 

So today I was thinking about what to share with my little corner of the internet. I had this post in mind but thought “oh people won’t want to read that” and “that probably won’t be SEO optimised”.

But, I just wanted to write. I wanted to be ‘fearlessly authentic’.

So here we go…

My social media feeds are drowning in idyllic lifestyles. Zero-wasters living off the grid scroll into indulgent vegan burgers that are unbelievably like meat, and the latest target haul filled with pretty things.

Being a blogger of all things vegan, travel, and a conscious lifestyle seems to evoke an internal conflict for me. Seeing my fellow bloggers and content creators painting their worlds and identities so clearly makes me question my own.

The environmental damage of animal agriculture was a large part of the reason I chose veganism. Making a positive change for the planet and my future children’s prospects is an issue deep in my heart. Sustainability is no longer optionable.

But, if this is true, why am I still not fully zero waste, forgetting to tell servers I don’t want a straw, and keeping an old pair leather winter boots. I feel guilty and torn.

 

If I don’t throw out my old leather boots am I still vegan? If I do throw them out and buy new ones am I no longer minimalist?

I rave about a vegan burger in plastic packaging. Is it better that the world goes vegan or avoids plastic?

If I’m still using up a plastic bottle of conditioner can I Instagram about my new shampoo bar?

 

By now, your either like ‘I totally get this girl!’ or ‘damn she’s crazy!’. Honestly, I’m hoping it’s the former. I’m hoping that I’m not the only one out there trying to navigate this complicated landscape we live in.

Modern society isn’t quite ready for us. Being a vegan, or a minimalist, or a digital nomad or anything of that nature still makes you relatively unique. Sure, these movements are growing in a positive direction. But, beyond the blinders put on by a strong and idyllic social media presence, reality often brings us back. Back to the realisation that this way of thinking is not yet the status quo, and that isn’t easy.

To some extent we instinctively all want to fit in and feel normal. I’d be lying if in the ‘real world’ I didn’t occasionally crave normality. Shopping sprees, Starbucks cups at Christmas, and cracking the eggs into the cake bowl with my nan like when I was a kid.

Then I stop. I remember why myself and so many others are on this path. Society is so damaged, on a path it can’t sustain any longer. I feel a responsibility to help.

But to do this, why should I feel guilty about not being perfectly eco? Why can’t I give myself permission to celebrate all of the small changes I’m making and sharing to inspire others?

I can, I should, I do.

 

Celebrating Our Efforts

We should all be proud of any changes we have made to become more sustainable and to live more consciously. By celebrating and feeling positive about these actions we are more motivated to continue and grow. It also makes it more inviting for others to join us.

As a new graduate, I may not yet be in the financial situation to buy a totally high-quality capsule wardrobe I am proud to post on Pinterest. And I’m still figuring out a minimalist vegan skincare routine. But I’m on the journey, moving forward. Honestly, I think that’s all we can ask of ourselves and each other.

Celebrate when someone chooses the vegan option, pat yourself on the back for remembering the reusable bags, and forgive yourself for forgetting them last week. We are human, we learn and grow.

Being fearlessly authentic is my new perfect to strive towards. Willing to be real and true to the complex lives we lead whilst doing our best to make a positive impact. We are all at different stages of our journey and that is ok! Change is not always instant and being patient with yourself is the kind thing to do.

And of course, we need to remember that social media is merely a window into our messy and beautiful lives. It’s the creme of the crop, no one is perfect!

I hope that this post, or ramble, has resonated with at least one person out there. Please comment below with any of your own thoughts, I’d love to hear them!

Hannah xx

 

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18 Comments

  • Reply Ee Sing

    Love this post. Change definitely do not happen overnight and as long as you are working to the goal and changing your habit and routine to suit it and achieving what you are looking for or to be.

    August 23, 2018 at 12:00 pm
    • Reply admin

      Thank you, glad you liked it 🙂

      August 24, 2018 at 7:16 am
  • Reply sumit walia

    hi
    i dont know if being a complete vegan will eventually sustain the planet or will conscious lifestyle embracing all modes of living .. i guess time will only tell

    August 23, 2018 at 3:24 pm
  • Reply Kemi

    Lols. I TOTALLY get ya! I’m not vegan but I stopped red meat and dairy and over-hauled my nutrition. I’m very passionate about pollution& sustainability (it’s even my career path) and I’m incorporating such into my blog. Thing is, the more you compare w/others, the miserable you become. People on social media don’t post their failures so why believe they have none?? I began a 0 waste challenge 25 days ago and will do a post on it once the month is over but even before that, I use (and still so) reusable bags, non-plastic refillable bottles and just purchased compostable utensils to carry in my bag. Do what you can and as genuinely as you can and try to educate people on the benefits of sustainability. No one is perfect but it’s the holier-than-thou attitudes of most that put others off this path.

    August 23, 2018 at 6:55 pm
    • Reply admin

      Love it, keep going 🙂 How can I find your blog?

      August 24, 2018 at 7:17 am
  • Reply Maggie

    I don’t really agree with your lifestyle, but it’s not my lifestyle, and it’s not mine to agree with, which is why I appreciate your post! You’re absolutely right – if we constantly compare ourselves to other people, or are worried about what they think of us and how we choose to live our lives, we will never be happy. It’s so important to be true to yourself and what you believe and remember that everyone is on their own personal journey! I work in politics, so I’m constantly around people who don’t agree with me and vice versa. The world would be a boring place if we were all the same people!

    August 24, 2018 at 12:53 pm
  • Reply Alexander Popkov

    Interesting. Well, I am not a supporter or such style, but interesting to see other’s opinion.
    An engineer here, who believes people will make it through.

    August 24, 2018 at 9:03 pm
  • Reply Backpacking Series

    Loved reading your candid expressions and it was thought provoking too. You have brought out a very important point . Whenever someone is different than the majorities, be is vegan or minimalist or digital nomad, there is a sense of discomfort in others and it’s important to find ways to be authentic for us. Don’t know why, but I got reminded of one of my favorite movies – Divergent . When someone does not fit it, the structure wants it either to comply or move out. At the same time, I am really happy that many people do not fear to voice their opinions, choices and accept that they may not be the same like masses and still be ok with it . And be an inspiration to others! Being authentic is the key for peace of mind too!

    August 25, 2018 at 8:30 am
  • Reply Aswathiashok Unnikrishnan

    Great post! I am not a vegan but i do try to use Eco friendly products ,though as you mentioned in this modern era it might be difficult to be 100% Vegan and Eco friendly.I loved this sentence in your blog that states ” Being fearlessly authentic is my new perfect to strive towards”. I guess this is what we all should do and try to be authentic in our own ways to becoming eco friendly!

    August 25, 2018 at 11:55 am
  • Reply Jim Jones

    Great post – I appreciate your honesty around your struggle to be authentic. I heard a great quote from (I believe) Miles Davis: “It takes a long time to play like yourself.” I always took that to mean that being authentic isn’t easy. I struggle with the same thing myself, so it’s good to hear that there are others in the same boat.

    August 25, 2018 at 3:32 pm
    • Reply admin

      Thank you Jim, that is a great quote! Love it 🙂

      August 29, 2018 at 6:52 am
  • Reply Claire

    What a great post! I love your honesty! We are all only human after all and it is ok to not be perfect and sometimes forgetful of some principles (I’m with you on the plastic straw) while we are busy enjoying life.

    August 26, 2018 at 8:53 am
  • Reply Christine

    I can definitely relate to this post. It’s not about veganism but to some of my decisions in life. Sometimes I think that Im not doing enough but sometimes you just really need to keep trying and celebrate every milestone.

    August 28, 2018 at 1:21 am
    • Reply admin

      Totally Christine, we got this! 🙂

      August 29, 2018 at 6:51 am
  • Reply FS Page

    I cut down on using straws for juices and coffee and using plastic bags in super markets. It’s so true that being vegan is not only giving up on a certain kind of food bu helping the planet survive. Loved the post.

    August 28, 2018 at 4:32 am
    • Reply admin

      Thank you, and love your photography!

      August 29, 2018 at 6:51 am
  • Reply John

    I appreciate the honesty of your post! So often we’re confronted with who we are versus who we aspire to be. That’s the human condition. Keep pushing toward your goal, it’s the striving forward that inspires other people, not your perfection!

    August 28, 2018 at 5:51 am
    • Reply admin

      Thank you John!

      August 29, 2018 at 6:50 am

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